Posts Tagged ‘Embellishing’


Inspired of Glen Iris Here …

August 1, 2014

It is impossible not to be inspired (and a little overwhelmed) by the plethora of extreme crafty talent around the world.  I could waste hours trawling pinterest, following facebook leads and jumping from site to site looking at really stunning works of art (and I sometimes do).  For those of us who get excited and inspired by these things, the internet has opened up a multitude of avenues for googling, ogling, and salivating over incredible artworks.  I am constantly amazed, stimulated and inspired.  No wonder I wake early most days with my head brimming with ideas.  So to share a couple of my recent favourites with you … and I can see what will happen here … you will link onto one or another of these links never to see my post again.  My tastes are eclectic and range from the cutest little bunny softies to the hardcore steampunk knitting at the end of this post.  So lucky to live in the age of the internet.

This one because it’s close to my heart …. nearly 900,000 ceramic poppies planted outside the tower of London … but that’s not the only amazing thing on this site

888,246 Ceramic Poppies Flow Like Blood from the Tower of London to Commemorate WWI WWI multiples London installation flowers ceramics blood

Loani Prior … the DOYENNE of tea cosy art

Prudence Mapstone … the Queen of freeform
who inspired me to think outside the knitted square so many years ago and really urged me to think creatively about my craft work

The ladies at Yarn Corner and I expect there will be men in there somewhere too … who decorate our everyday lives with colour and life


What I am calling rightly or wrongly Steampunk Knitting … that is really knitting on the edge, gritty, edgy and very, very sexy.  I love these looks (although the model could use a good feed).  This at the Darker Horse … the Photo is attributed to Caroline Munro (must follow that name)

And Tess Gibersen (must follow that name)





It’s Been A While ….

July 11, 2013

Been busy … how ’bout you guys.  So much exciting stuff happening … not to mention the underlying home, family and work stuff that fills all of our days with busyness.

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the 2013 Scarf Festival down at the National Wool Museum in Geelong.  What a treat.  I think it probably is the best Scarf Festival I have been to … and as usual, I was incredibly impressed with the wonderful creativity shown in many of the entries.  I also loved the simple way in which the scarves were displayed … putting the emphasis firmly on the scarves …  simply stunning.  I did, however, have a few favourites.

This piece … which is by Jess Coetzer and is called Encompassed was my standout and I voted for it in the People’s Choice Awards … a stunning wrap made from woven plastic tubing … SO clever it just took my breath away.

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There were however, some incredible knitted, crocheted, felted, sewn, folded and otherwise assembled pieces … the photographs will tell the story … I did not get the creators names.  I wonder if my photos do it justice.  These are some of the more “outside the square” pieces … there were however many beautiful traditional scarves.

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And there was a whole section devoted to primary school students … they were very cute.

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So, do yourself a favour if you live in Melbourne (or even if you don’t) … put the National Wool Museum Scarf Festival on your must do list.  It’s on until 25 August … I guarantee you won’t be sorry.


International Freeform Challenge

February 4, 2013

This week feels like the start of the year.  Even though a month has gone past since new years and I have been back at work for three weeks … it still felt like the world was in slow mode (including me) and nothing much was happening … a combination of warm weather and slow traffic on the roads among other things.  So now school is back and life will get back to normal … whatever “normal” is. Craft wise pretty slow for me over the last 6 weeks or so although I am pleased to report that I have completed joining my babette blanket and am now planning the border … looking forward to doing something more than just edging for the border … my sister in law has shown me the benefits of spending time on the border to “finish” off the project.  Nothing too fancy mind … but a little more than just a crochet edge.  Time will tell and it will probably take me as long to do a border as it took to crochet the squares … and then there is a sewing in … why oh why did I not crochet my ends in?  Never mind … always a price to pay for a better outcome.  Here are a couple of her finished borders shown on some charity blankets we did last year.  Just a little bit of detail makes for a great finished product … don’t you think?

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So next stop … really must get started on my collaborative (with sister in law Marg) entry for the 2013 international freeform challenge.  This year’s theme is MOTHER EARTH and we are not supposed to talk about our entries or show any images until after the launch of the book … but once again Marg has come up with a really wonderful idea and so now we need to get to work.  I am always a bit slow to start but then tend to gather momentum fairly quickly and then it’s a race to the end.  Ahhhh! the thrill of a deadline!!  So you will see something of this project later in the year no doubt.  Last year’s challenge was “Music and Art in Fiber” and we had such fun with that one.  Once again a slow start with a rush to the finish but it was worth it.  You can see all the entries from last year’s challenge here.  There are no barriers and no cost to enter … all entries are published and you can purchase the book if you wish once it’s published.  The challenge is open to all members of the International Freeform Fiber Arts Guild and you can join on Yahoo.  If you are looking for something to play with … it is a challenge and certainly makes you think outside the square with your fibre art … but this is the third year for us and we love it.

Apart from that I have a few unfinished projects to pick up and run with and looking forward to moving ahead with those … and then seeing what other exciting things that 2013 has in store for me.


Winners are Grinners!!!

June 20, 2010

And I am definitely grinning from ear to ear because my blue felted scarf has won “Best Felted Scarf” at  the 2010 Reflections Scarf Festival at the National Wool Museum in Geelong, Victoria.  So I’m very, very excited.  The piece is called “Circles” and it’s machine felted with my very favourite toy – the Babylock Embellisher, using gorgeous Colinette  point5 (slubby wool) in lapis (such an amazing colour) which I bought at Sunspun in Canterbury, Victoria. The Scarf Festival showcases an extremely eclectic collection of the most beautiful hand crafted scarves from all around Australia,  and is on now until July 25th – definitely worth a visit for lovers of fibre art. Here is an image of the winning piece, plus a couple of images of my buddies Pennie, Maryanne, Margaret and I adding to the communal scarf at the festival.


2010 Scarf Festival

May 30, 2010

It’s nearly time for the 2010 Scarf Festival being held this year again at the National Wool Museum in Geelong (Victoria, Australia).  I have entered a whopping six scarves … got a bit carried away on my babylock embellishing machine with some of Martas Yarns hand dyed slubby wool.  Sadly Marta has left us and there is not much of her beautiful hand dyed multi coloured wool available anymore although you can still get your hands on some at the Thread Room.  But I count myself very lucky to still have a small stash, and so I love creating new pieces with it.  The intense blue piece is actually done with a Collinette Colourway slubby wool in lapis which I found at Sunspun in Canterbury Road Canterbury.  The other two pieces are neckwarmers knitted on round needles from my stash and embellished with a crochet brooch.  I will be running a neckwarmer/brooch workshop at Textile Artistry in Dromana on Friday 18 June.